Going Home

Vessel Name: 38 South
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 380
Hailing Port: Melbourne, Australia
Crew: Meryn & Rick Cooper
About: living onboard 3 months of the year, aim to see as much of the world as we can
Extra: The final destination is Melbourne Australia, via TBA.......
22 July 2019 | Melbourne Australia/St Augustine Florida
13 October 2017
10 April 2017 | Green Cove Springs
08 April 2017 | Reynolds Park Yacht Center - Green Cove Springs
06 April 2017 | Reynolds Park Yacht Center - Green Cove Springs
31 March 2017 | Port St Lucie via West Palm Beach
27 March 2017 | Alice Town, Bimini
21 March 2017 | Allens Cay to Nassau across the Bahama Bank
20 March 2017 | Shroud Cay to Allens Cay via Highbourne Cay
19 March 2017 | Warderick Wells Cay – Boo Boo Hill walking tour and then to Shroud Cay
18 March 2017 | Thunderball Grotto, Pig Beach then to Warderick Wells Cay
17 March 2017 | Staniel Cay via Bitter Guana Cay
16 March 2017 | Lee Stocking Island to Little Bay, Great Guana Cay
15 March 2017 | Georgetown to The Caribbean Marine Research Centre, Lee Stocking Island.
13 March 2017 | South Point Long Island to Georgetown, Exuma via Nuevitas Rocks
09 March 2017 | Aklin Island to Gordons Beach, Long Island
08 March 2017 | Mayaguana to Attwood Harbour, Aklins Island
03 March 2017 | Provo, Turks and Caicos to Abrahams Bay, Mayaguana
27 February 2017 | South Caicos to Provodenciales Island (Provo) – Caicos Marina and Shipyard
Recent Blog Posts
22 July 2019 | Melbourne Australia/St Augustine Florida

It can't be that long between posts

I cannot believe it has been so long since the last post. We have had some highs and lows since we parked at Green Cove Springs in 2017.

13 October 2017

Maintenance Time

Just an update on the status of 38 South. September was an interesting month with Hurricane Irma's path to be right across the top of the boat. It meant a quickly assembled trip across to further strip and secure her for the pending bad weather. As it turned out it was a glancing blow and we received [...]

10 April 2017 | Green Cove Springs

Out of the Water

Well we are now on dry land. This morning the mast was removed and the boat lifted from the water. we have now been placed in our "spot" until we return. we have been continuing the preparations to leave. The motors have been run on fresh water to flush the salt water from the heat exchangers and [...]

08 April 2017 | Reynolds Park Yacht Center - Green Cove Springs

Packing up takes time

Well the packing up seems so huge. there is so much to do. we have been getting organised with bags and such and will probably leave most of our stuff on the boat, clothes and the like. there only seems to be the souvenirs and my dive gear that has to come home. Our suitcases are like the russian [...]

06 April 2017 | Reynolds Park Yacht Center - Green Cove Springs

This is home for the boat for the next year

now that we are in the US, under the terms of our cruising permit we are required to make a telephone call in to Customs and Border Protection for a "Coastwise Movement" notification each time we move. For our run up the Intracoastal Waterway this has been an almost daily occurrence. travelling up through [...]

31 March 2017 | Port St Lucie via West Palm Beach

In the US of A

Well we hired a golf cart and had a good look around which took the best part of a couple of hours. turns out some of the best scenery is over the hill about 300 metres from where we are in the Marina. we took some drinks across to the beach at sunset and sat and toasted the sunset with some snacks. [...]

Is that 007.... no just Rick

18 March 2017 | Thunderball Grotto, Pig Beach then to Warderick Wells Cay
Thunderball Grotto was the film location of the James Bond film with Sean Connery of the same name. We have to watch the movie sometime soon to see what we recognise. This ended up being a highlight of the trip. It was suggested that we take some food with us to attract the fish and although we did it was not really required. It was like swimming in an aquarium. The grotto is on the north end of a small cay in the cut between Staniel Cay and Big Majors Spot the home of the swimming pigs. (That’s another story). With a swift tide through the cuts on the islands it is really only an option to do this at around high tide or dead low tide Low tide was 7 am and 7pm with high tide around 1pm. Our best option was to go at high tide which would allow the shafts of sunlight down into the cavern from the sun high in the sky. From the east side of the Cay the entrance is about 2 feet underwater at high tide but accessible swimming on the surface from the western side entrance. We dinghied over to the western entrance and dropped anchor. Once inside the cavern we were amazed at the amount of fish in there. The roof of the cavern was jagged limestone and came almost to water level in parts of the cavern so you had to be aware of where you popped up as it could cause a nasty gash. We spent some time snorkelling and feeding the fish and just taking in the atmosphere. The water temperature has been steadily dropping and was now down to about 23 degrees so we headed back when Mezz started feeling the cold. I could not leave without snorkelling through both underwater entrances in and out. It was a “if Sean Connery can do it so can I” sort of thing.

Onto the Swimming Pigs. This was another of Mezz’s “Must Do” things. She had been saving veggies and stuff for them for days so we motored around to the north side of Big Majors Spot to the anchorage and to “Pig Beach” the home of the swimming pigs. A short dinghy ride in and there we were surrounded by pigs wandering around through the tourists in and out of the water. the closest we got to seeing the pigs swimming was a couple wandering in the shallows around the boat looking for food. They are quite the attraction with boatloads of tourists arriving from Staniel Cay that have flown in especially to see them. I just wondered if the bacon would be extra salty?
After amusing ourselves for a while on the beach we headed off to the centre of the Exuma Land and Sea Park at Warderick Wells Cay, arriving there around 5pm and settling into a nice quiet sheltered anchorage for the night.
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Created 31 March 2017
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Created 27 March 2017
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Created 20 March 2017
Thunderball Grotto, Pig Beach and Iguanas
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Created 20 March 2017
Piano and Mermaid
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Created 16 March 2017
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Created 15 March 2017
Soufriere hills volcano, Plymouth, Little Bay
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Created 25 December 2015
Basseterre/ Marina Rivere Sans/Point-a-Pitre/Deshaies
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Created 25 December 2015
Portsmouth
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Created 25 December 2015
The Pitons and Rodney Bay
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Created 25 December 2015
Fort De France and Saint Pierre
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Created 25 December 2015
Blue Lagoon
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Created 1 December 2015
Admiralty Bay, A fantastic place, probably our favourite so far. And found a coffee to rival Melbourne
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Created 30 November 2015
Overnight Anchorage and some snorkeling. A marine park so fees applied. Barbecue Lobster on the beach for dinner if you wish
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Created 30 November 2015
We have now left Grenada at Tyrrel Bay and have checked into St Vincent and the Grenadines at Union Island.
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Created 30 November 2015
Anchored on the western side of Ronde Island just west of Kickem Jenny subsea volcano. There is an exclusion zone around the Volcano in place.
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Created 30 November 2015
Sitting on the "Hard" while doing some necessary maintenance before commecing the trip
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Created 9 November 2015
On the pick and hauled for the season
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Created 14 October 2015

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